Here are the 6 worst governors when it comes to Marijuana

Via Alternet

It’s a fundamental of our political system that governors play a critical role in shaping policy at the state level—and even beyond. Governors can use their position as a bully…

It’s a fundamental of our political system that governors play a critical role in shaping policy at the state level—and even beyond. Governors can use their position as a bully pulpit to advance their agenda, they can use their budget proposals or empower commissions to shape legislation, and they have the power to kill legislation they don’t like with their veto pens.

And because Congress has so far refused to act to end federal marijuana prohibition, the role of state governors in marijuana policy is even more important. While they can’t simply wave a magic wand to enact their desires, gubernatorial support or opposition can make or break a marijuana reform bill.
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What Google has done to this blog is astonishing

Granted, it is only because of Google that this blog reached millions of viewers. But Google, instead of bringing you search results based on what is most relevant to you, is now actively censoring content that doesn’t support the establishment viewpoint, and they are proud of it:

Eric Schmidt, Google head dude in 2017:

“We’re not arguing for censorship, we’re arguing just take it off the page, put it somewhere else…make it harder to find” CNBC

What’s interesting in our case, is that it’s too late… Cannabis is legalized as medicine and for recreation in so many states, including D.C., and its medicinal properties are now being actively researched and embraced, even by the establishment.

However I wanted to update you all on what’s going on behind the scenes of Big Brother’s algorithms. When I look up our posts that used to come up as the first result, or somewhere on the first page of Google search, they are GONE, or so far down, like page 15, that no one will ever see them. Our most popular post of all time, Cannabis vs cigarettes, used to be the very top result when searching any iteration of “cigs v pot”.  Now I can’t find it at all.

It was between 2016-2017 that we first got hit, an unnatural downturn in views began; we’d only experienced nonstop and rapid growth prior to this. It’s been happening incrementally and consistently since then…

In 2016 we had nearly 1,200,000 views… one million two hundred thousand…

In 2017 it dropped to 368 thousand…

Last year we got 158 thousand.

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Looking at how views are consistently chipped away:

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Algorithmic Manufacture of Consent Threatens Informed Democracy

The Power of Gatekeepers

Since the Internet’s dawn, it has been considered a democratizing force for information exchange— the information superhighway — which, over time, has come to provide access to more information than is consumable by any human being. This can be, and should be, empowering. But precisely because of this information deluge, we need software to sort through it all and help us find what we need. For that, most people are largely at the mercy of algorithms designed by private corporations such as Google.

In theory, there are several options for search engines; in reality, most people currently use Google. This imparts to Google an enormous amount of power — power which the company whose motto is “Don’t be evil” has unfortunately used to bury independent news media. Google has succumbed to the same pressures and forces that lead to the systematic omission of crucial information from mainstream corporate news. It has, in fact, transformed itself into the ultimate propaganda weapon, by making it significantly harder to find such information, even for those who may be searching for it.

AlterNet posted a provocative image, showing its steep 64% crash in web traffic following the introduction of Google’s tweaked algorithm. Other sites, such as Democracy Now and the Intercept, have also seen huge declines in their visitors. These are reputable, careful independent news sites, not “fake news” — whatever that means — and Google is doing a grave disservice to democracy by de-ranking them.

Under pressure, Google has buried dissenting voices, which necessarily gives corporate media even more undue influence than they already have, despite the documented evidence — which grows by the day — of ways in which corporate media systematically ignore and distort the news…

…our information access is controlled by the decisions of a relatively small number of people —people not necessarily representative of those influenced by their products and probably unaware, like most citizens, of the ways in which propaganda works in a free society — under pressure from governments, determine what we do and do not see. Combined with recent legislation to destroy net neutrality, the Internet is being converted from a decentralized information nexus into a top-down propaganda apparatus.

If Google truly wants to avoid being evil and being a propaganda arm for the US government and the small number of wealthy companies and individuals currently engaging in an ever more brazen corporate coup d’état enabled partially by disinformation, they should resist the urge to silence independent voices online at all costs.

 

Cannabis and Yoga: A Match Made in LA Heaven

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Image Credit: Jennifer Skog

From Marijuana Times

Nothing is legitimate in Los Angeles until there’s a yoga class that involves it, and boosted by the recent boom in legal cannabis, a greener kind of yoga offering has taken off in a big way in LA. A simple Google search revealed dozens of options for cannabis yoga classes in the Los Angeles area geared toward a variety of audiences, all involving consumption of some form of weed. I decided to go gonzo for this story and try out a Ganja Yoga class taught by Dee Dussault, who claims to be the first teacher to offer public cannabis-enhanced yoga practices.

I walked into the class unsure of what to expect. At first, it looked like any other yoga class, with wooden floors, dimmed lights and people’s mats spread out sporadically. Except, instead of people sitting on their mats, they were gathered together on a blanket in one corner of the room. The event was BYOW (bring your own weed), but thanks to the generous nature of people who inhabit the slice of venn diagram encircling both yoga enthusiasts and stoners, a bountiful arrangement of joints, cbd drops, balms, and even jars of flower was laid out on Dussault’s “picnic blanket”. Slowly people would trickle in and wander over, offering their goodies, passing joints, and making small talk. There’s something about sharing a joint with a stranger that harkens back to a traditional peace pipe, and makes you much less self-conscious about the fact that you’re about to do a series of ridiculous physical poses in front of them.
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In the age of luxury cannabis, it’s time to talk about Drug War reparations

By Jenni Avins for Quartz

Since California legalized recreational cannabis in January 2018, pot enthusiasts in posh sections of Los Angeles can sleep easily with a few drops of CBD oil under the tongue. They can stroll into dispensaries such as MedMen, the chain touted as the “Apple store of weed,” which recently reported quarterly revenues of $20 million. On Venice Boulevard, shiny sedans toting surfboards drive past posters for Dosist vape pens and billboards for delivery services such as Eaze, a San Francisco-based startup that has raised some $52 million in venture capital.

In places like this, weed is chic. But just a few freeway exits away, in largely black and Latino neighborhoods where cannabis was aggressively policed for decades, people saddled with criminal convictions for possessing or selling the plant still fight to clear criminal records standing in the way of basic necessities: employment, a rental apartment, or a loan. Marijuana legalization and the businesses that profit from it are accelerating faster than efforts to expunge criminal records, and help those affected by them participate in the so-called “Green Boom.” And the legal cannabis industry is in danger of becoming one more chapter in a long American tradition of disenfranchising people of color.

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New Jersey: Opioid-Dependent Patients Now Eligible For Cannabis Therapy

Trenton, NJ: Opioid-dependent patients are now eligible to access medical marijuana under a new initiative package implemented by Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy and the Department of Health.

“We are pleased to announce that, as of today [January 23], opioid use disorder is a condition for which physicians can recommend medical marijuana to patients,” Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said in a press release. “We are also taking steps to ensure that these patients will be on MAT [medication assisted treatment] for their addiction, in addition to marijuana.

According to a 2018 literature review published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, cannabis possesses the ability “to ease opioid withdrawal symptoms, reduce opioid consumption, ameliorate opioid cravings, prevent opioid relapse, improve OUD [opioid use disorder] treatment retention. … Adjunct cannabis use alongside current treatment strategies could help to improve the number of individuals engaging in OUD treatment, as well as increase treatment retention rates.”

From NORML